In general, Petra and Wadi Rum are perfectly safe destinations
. Just stick to designated paths and locations, dress appropriately and keep hold of the kids in crowded areas, just to be on the safe side.
Sensible footwear is a must for all visitors to Petra
. Flip-flops and lightweight sandals are more likely to give you sprained foot muscles just as brand new trainers will give you blisters – you have been warned!
There is a lot of walking involved at Petra
, including the 800 steps to the Monastery and the 1.2kms through Al-Siq. Parents should be aware that buggies/strollers are allowed but be prepared to carry if you want to head up a level and visit places like Urn Tomb, the High Place and Wadi Farasa.
Arriving early in the morning is a great idea
to avoid the crowds as well as the dust thrown up by horses and donkeys.
Camping overnight in Wadi Rum
is always going to be met with enthusiasm but for parents, instilling the dangers of open fires, straying too far from camp and using hand gels before and after eating food is advisable to keep things safe in the desert.
Keep up-to-date with Jordan health and safety issues
by visiting the UK government’s foreign travel advice website